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Salvadorans knuckle down to Constitutional Reform this week

San Salvador, Mar 23 (Prensa Latina) Salvadorans knuckled down to Constitutional Reform in force since 1982 and the likelihood of approving the indefinite re-election in the week that ends on Saturday.

Vice President Felix Ulloa stirred the hornet’s nest when he extensively addressed the issue at the onset of the week by the time he said that this is the moment to agree on a reform to be ratified by the Legislative Assembly that will take office on May 1st, which faced criticism about an alleged illegality.

The current Assembly can agree on a Constitutional reform to be reaffirmed by the upcoming legislature “if it would like there to be a third term or indefinite re-election” of President Nayib Bukele, something questioned by Eduardo Escobar, director of “Accion Ciudadana”–AC (Citizens’ Action).

Undoubtedly, that is one of the most controversial issues, as experts stated that by controlling all the tools of power, the governing party aims at perpetuating itself at the top.

Ulloa assured this “is just the right time” to make a constitutional reform, so that the legislature can approve with a plain majority (43 votes) the Constitutional Reform Agreement, and the next legislature that takes office on May 1st, 2024 can ratify the Agreement by 40 votes, representing two thirds.

Notwithstanding the matter was extensively discussed by Ulloa, Christian Guevara, head of the Cyan Party, said in the interview “Frente a Frente¨ face to face program that the approval of reforms to the Constitution of the Republic “is not a priority issue” at the moment, and clarified that the bet will be to accomplish the economic domestic breakthrough.

In the week, the governmental challenges regarding economy had been in the news including development of economic perspectives for the next five years, which must be leveraged on tourism, remittances and investments.

Amid that friction-creating political debate, the national presence for almost a fortnight of a heat wave that in many places set record temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius was highlighted.

The security issue was also paramount, as several days passed by without homicides attributable to gangs, in addition to the crackdown on small drug traffickers, many of them linked to those gangs, and the launching of a national plan to ensure the smooth running of the Easter holiday.